Giving Thanks, by Janina Grey, Guest Blogger

Last weekend my husband and I put away the last of the Halloween/Samhain décor and brought out the Autumn Harvest and Thanksgiving decorations. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, and now, smack dab in the middle of the season, I’m overwhelmed with all the blessings I’ve had throughout the year. In fact, 2021 has been so stuffed with good times that I might as well put it on a platter for Thanksgiving and serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy.

With the pandemic easing its chokehold on the world, I’m so thankful that we are able to resume our family holiday tradition of gathering  to celebrate not only Turkey Day, but my and my daughter’s birthdays as well. Last year, we nixed all in-person celebrations. This year, while we are still taking precautions by wearing masks when we go out, we are all vaccinated and as a result we will be gathering at my house for our traditional Thanksgiving holiday feast.

So as the season continues on, I give thanks daily. Surviving COVID-19 and its mutations is top on my list, of course. But I also beat cancer again (third time lucky!) with my successful surgery in January. In addition, my son and his girlfriend got engaged; my daughter and her boyfriend moved into their own apartment; my niece got married; and my great grand-nephew celebrated his first birthday.

I’m also very thankful that we felt safe enough to venture out of our cave a few times this year. I spent some time hanging out at the beach and camping with my sister and her family, attending a reunion of sorts at a magical place called Kindervolk with my husband’s chosen family, and visiting friends on Long Lake and in New Hampshire. We headed to Tennessee to celebrate my 96-year-old grandmother’s birthday this summer and got to hug a ton of kin I’ve not seen in decades. I also took a Death Mid-Wife certification course with a couple of friends in Massachusetts, something I’ve been trying to do for years.

On top of all of that goodness happening, I had my second release with Soul Mate Publishing earlier this year. LOVE IN THE FOREST Book 1 of the Earth and Sky Series has been receiving rave reviews from my awesome fans, who love Brooke Meadows and Josh Quinn’s story and all the wonderful witchy things happening in the Adirondack Mountains. Recently I was blown away with a Four-Star review from Brenda Wilson in the  InD’Tale Magazine, November-December 2021 edition.

Earlier this year, I finished Book 2 of the Earth and Sky Series, LIFE IS FOR LIVING. This story focuses on Barefoot Dan, who was introduced in LOVE IN THE FOREST. Book 3, LOST IN YOUR RHYTHM, is nearly completed and focuses on two characters introduced in LIFE IS FOR LIVING —Jack Issa and Liza Purkypile. (Yes, that’s a real name. I’m paying homage to ancestors I learned about this summer, who lived back in the 17th century!)

Recently, I talked with my publisher about release dates for Books 2 and 3, and we are looking at May 2022 and November 2022, respectively. My days are quite full lately, with my position in a non-profit agency working with domestic violence survivors, marketing LOVE IN THE FOREST, and writing LOST IN YOUR RHYTHM. And even though I’ve been writing since I was a young child and I spent 20 years of my life as a journalist, I finally feel like a “real” author.

When I’m not writing, we make sure to take time out for family with monthly celebrations with our chosen family and monthly D&D sessions with our kin.

And for that, for all the love filling my life, I am most grateful.

May you and your loved ones have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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2 Responses to Giving Thanks, by Janina Grey, Guest Blogger

  1. sueberger3 says:

    It is wonderful to hear of the good things happening in your life. Congratulations on your books and my things continue to be wonderful. I’m sure they will be.

  2. viola62 says:

    Congrats on your writing! My husband and I also have been venturing out and enjoying life more!

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